Autumn Wreath

Fall Wreath 2014

I love to make wreaths–it’s a craft/hobby/whatever I’ve stuck with for *ahem* over 40 years. (wow, I’m old!)

I used to think I preferred making Christmas wreaths–but that’s likely because the materials to make one have been readily available for all these decades, whether natural or store-bought components. But getting out in late-late summer and early Autumn to gather fresh materials is almost impossible for me to do, allergy-wise. So when the retail stores realized that folks enjoyed decorating for every season and made so many beautiful things available for each–that are entirely allergen-free hopefully!–I discovered that I actually like making Autumn wreaths and florals the best.

I’m typically NOT a gold-yellow-orange-red kinda color-girl. My favorite color is blue, which is definitely not a typical fall hue, so my utter lovefest with all things Autumn is befuddling. Why a person whose favorite place in the world is the beach would choose fall as their favorite season is a source of consternation…since that person is ME.

Fall Wreath 2014-001

Where I live now, I don’t have the opportunity to decorate anything the way I want to–no room, no time, etc. So I usually settle for elaborately-bedecking the front door in a seasonally-inspired wreath. This year’s involved a profusion of mum-like deep-orange flowers and a batch of multi-colored silk leaves, all against a backdrop of burlap and mesh. (I was quite thrilled to finally figure out how to work with deco-mesh to my satisfaction, but it took a lot of Google research on the topic before I did!)

Fall Wreath 2014-II

And while I was at it with the wreath-making, I took the previously-hanging grapevine and silk-ivy wrapped wreath and added some of the fall florals, along with a huge burlap-ribbon bow.

Now, even though I can’t safely go out and play in all the upcoming falling leaves, I can enjoy the warm and rich colors of the season as they welcome me at the front door. I’ve got Autumn-beauty coming and going!

Thanks for visiting my seasonally-appropriate Little Corner today!

Ghosts of Halloweens past…

Skeerkrows by 2Ks&aT

Okay, so these aren’t ghosts. And they aren’t too skeery as Halloween ghouls go, but I wanted to throw them in here now, as I begin to work on my Halloween goodies. I just “re-found” a couple of these that I had stashed in with my fall papers and such and was thrilled to see how well they’ve held up–for two years now!  These were created in a fun afternoon crafting project with my niece and great-niece, who was only eight at the time, and I think she did a fabulous job.  Honestly, I don’t even remember who did which one–although I’m leaning toward thinking the youngest girl amongst us may have been the one applying the bright pink lips. I do remember that playing with the Big Shot was a BIG hit as we cranked out the Top Note Dies that are the bases for these darlings.

BC6 Scarecrow

This little lady to the left is the version I made for a Breast Cancer Awareness project. I decked her out complete with an actual earring (amazing how I’ve accumulated so many lone costume jewelry earrings through the years), and a real pink-ribbon-rose. She was all pink and purty and dressed up to hawk my Relay for Life’s team efforts back in October, 2012. Our theme for the month was, “Help us Scare Up a Cure”, and we mixed the BCA October Pink Ribbon month with Halloween ghoulies throughout the month to drum up interest–and funds–for our American Cancer Society Relay team. It was the beginning to a successful year for the Team, and it was a fun way to get us all on board with the effort.

The idea for the scarecrow came from here from the uber-talented Rae at Wild West Paper Arts. The die makes it easy to do, and the fun is in the “dressing up” on this one. Seeing these today got me a bit more fired up to get cracking on some new Autumn projects!


–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!